- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers; New edition (June 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802411746
- ISBN-13: 978-0802411747
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 183 customer reviews
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52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple's Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together Paperback – June 1, 2014
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Fun, creative, and spiritually engaging . . . these are no ordinary dates!
Have you ever tried a photography date? A water date? What about a second first date?
52 Uncommon Dates is more than a book . . . it’s an experience! Each date will set the scene for you and walk you through making it happen. Learn how to practically speak each other’s love language, incorporate prayer in ways that are natural and relevant to real life, and finish strong with questions that help keep conversation alive. You can even dig deeper to discover Bible passages that fit the theme of each date.
Ignite prayerful and playful connections in ways that deepen the relational, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your relationship—one date at a time.
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One of the things I love about 52 Uncommon Dates is the way Southern intentionally constructed each date to include the following components:
• Set the Scene - a description of the date;
• Make It Happen - tips for what to do and where to go;
• Finish Strong - questions and suggestions for talking about the date and deepening intimacy;
• Mind Your Language - ideas on how to incorporate the five love languages and fill your spouse's love tank;
• Take It to God - suggestions for praying together before, during, or after the date; and
• Dig Deep - scriptures to look at as a couple, grow spiritually as a couple.
Here’s just a sampling of the 52 Dates:
• The First Time for Everything Date where couples purposely get out of their rut and try new things.
• The Playground Date where couples go to a playground and then focus on better understanding each other’s childhoods.
• The Arcade Date where couples have fun together and focus on what it means to be more childlike in faith.
• The Zoo Date where couples enjoy God’s creation and conversation.
• The Memory Lane Date where couples remember favorite moments together.
I have to say that there are a few dates my husband and I won’t be using, like the Haunted House (Halloween) Date, the Dancing Date, and the Amusement Park Date. However, even without those three, there are almost enough dates for one a week for an entire year. I especially like how each date is intentionally designed to help couples grow together spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
52 Uncommon Dates is one I’ll be giving as wedding shower gifts in the future. A great marriage takes work, and regular dates are a key tool for strengthening marriages. I highly recommend this book to all couples whether they’ve been married just a few months or more than 50 years. There’s always more to learn about your spouse, and author Randy Southern helps facilitate growth in intimacy with these fun, interesting and intentional date ideas.
I’d welcome a more secular approach.
Having said that, I am happy that I bought the book and got exposed to the ideas. It was worthwhile food for thought.
Maybe a follow up edition could combine the secular and religious perspectives (offer the basic and then augment with some secular insight)